Fifty years have passed since Ford unveiled the Mustang, and doing things differently has been hard-coded in Jim and Mike Ring’s DNA and it is with that in mind that Ringbrothers undertook what is arguably one of their most ambitious and challenging projects ever – the all-carbon fiber 1965 widebody Mustang Fastback known as “Espionage.” The Bond-worthy car made its worldwide debut at the 2015 SEMA Show.
Mike and Jim Ring aren’t strangers when it comes to working with carbon fiber, last year’s 1966 “Recoil” Chevelle, used it extensively both functionally and aesthetically. The Ringbrothers didn’t just make a copy of a 1965 Mustang Fastback, they took the iconic shape and widened it two inches on each side and made countless other small tweaks to the car to makes it uniquely Ringbrothers. The carbon fiber body work is incognito as the car is finished with the custom BASF Glasurit 90-Line Waterborne paint color aptly named “Spy Green.”
The team at Wegner Motorsports pieced together a 427 cubic inch LS7 Chevrolet motor with a massive Whipple supercharger outputting 959 horsepower and 858 ft-lb of torque for “Espionage.” The engine is bolted up to a six-speed Tremec T56 transmission, which is kept running smoothly by Royal Purple manual transmission fluid. All 959 ponies are sent rearward through a custom driveshaft and into a Ford 9” rear end. Exhaust is expelled through headers with 2” primaries that were custom designed and built by Ringbrothers and into a fully custom exhaust system with Flowmaster Supper 44 Mufflers.
Mike and Jim Ring turned to the folks at Baer who spec’d massive 14-inch discs and 6S calipers at each corner for the car. “Espionage” wears custom forged wheels from HRE which are wrapped in Nitto Invo tires sized 295/35/18ZR in the front and 345/30/19ZR in the rear.
“’Espionage’ has been a huge undertaking for our little shop. Over the past few years it has been an incredible challenge but one that’s also been incredibly rewarding,” said Jim Ring. “When Mike and I build a car, we always try and come up with something that nobody’s ever seen before and I think that the work we’ve done on “Espionage” really qualifies that statement.”
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